|-||Derrill Hart (L)||F||Grad||6-2||-||Pisgah, KY||-|
|-||Jim Server (L)||C||So.||-||-||Henderson, KY (High)||-|
|-||Robert Ireland (L)||F||Jr.||5-10||-||La Grange, KY (High)||-|
|-||Karl Zerfoss (L)||G||Sr.||5-11||-||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||George Gumbert (L)||G||Jr.||5-7||-||Richmond, KY (Caldwell)||-|
|-||Charles Schrader||F||Jr.||5-11||-||North Philadelphia, PA (High)||-|
|-||Bart Peak||G||Jr.||5-4||-||La Grange, KY||-|
|-||George Zerfoss (L)||C||Fr.||6-2||-||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||Lawrence Longsworth||C-F||Jr.||5-6||-||Somerset, KY||-|
|-||Ben Marsh||C||Fr.||6-1||-||Maysville, KY (High)||-|
|-||Otto Schwant||F||Jr.||-||-||Covington, KY||-|
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Front Row (l to r): Robert Ireland, George Zerfoss, Karl Zerfoss, Derrill Hart, George Gumbert
Season Review - Review of the Basketball Season 1916 (Kentuckian)
It was the opinion of many that the season 1915 marked the culmination of "State's" basketball glory for years to come. True, the wonderful machine of 1915 had been disrupted by the graduation of three stars - Morgan, Tuttle, and Scott - and Wildcat followers, with few exceptions, seemed to be reconciled to a rather dismal outlook. But, with the keen foresight for which he is noted, Dr. Tigert had been instrumental in arranging a schedule which was probably the most difficult ever attempted by a Blue and White five, and promised local fans a treat in the way of masterly exhibitions.
Shortly after practice began it became apparent that "State" would again place a team in the field which would be equal, if not superior, to any in the state. The return to the ranks of Derrel Hart, veteran of the 1912 quintet and a star in the true sense of the term, revived local hopes considerably.
Victorious over the University of Cincinnati and Georgetown College in the early games, Varsity was going good when stopped by Vanderbilt. Although apparently outclassed in the first half of the initial game, "State" came back strong and kept the decision doubtful until the end of each contest. The unparalleled team work and fast individual playing of the Commodores made them seem invulnerable; yet only a turn in luck prevented the Wildcats from winning the second game. Derrell Hart sustained the hopes of the "Blues" until the last whistle by registering occasional goals. Tom Zerfoss, a former Wildcat, appeared in the Vanderbilt line-up and played brilliantly.
Two games were played with the University of Louisville, resulting in an even division of honors. Since both teams were otherwise undefeated by Kentucky contenders, the result of these games left the championship of the state undecided.
On the night following the Louisville game, Kentucky suffered defeat at the hands of the University of Tennessee after a hard-fought battle. Athletic relations with Centre College were resumed this year, two games being played, and easily won by Kentucky. Maryville College played a surprisingly brilliant game, but went down to defeat before the "Cats."
A double bill with Marietta College, closing the season, presented two of the best games seen in Lexington in years. "State" was at her best in these games and put up remarkable exhibitions, but lost both games by narrow margins. The Marietta team, champions of Ohio, defeated the Buffalo Germans just a week before they played Kentucky, and claimed the championship of the world.
Under the circumstances, it may be said that the past season was successful. All "State" people enjoyed the struggles, in every one of which the Blue and White team gave a creditable account of themselves. Hart, playing at forward and at center, was unquestionably the mainstay of the squad, playing a brilliantly consistent game at all times. He was generally selected for forward on the mythical All-Kentucky five.
Captain Zerfoss played, more or less erratic, at forward early in the season, but when shifted to guard, played superbly. Whiting, who averaged ten baskets a game for the season, considered him the best guard he had ever played against.
Gumbert played his usual consistent game throughout the season, now and then showing flashes of championship form. Server, at center, outplayed every center he opposed, and is one of the men around whom hopes for the coming year are centered. Ireland and Zerfoss, playing their first season in the Varsity line-up, handled themselves well, and all indications point to stellar performance in the future on the part of both. Manager Carman discharged his duties efficiently and was awarded a "K" by the Athletic Committee.